Joy

Today’s card project came together after playing with some of my Sizzix dies from Tim Holtz’s Alterations line. For those of you not familiar with the line, you can find some information here. I particularly love the Movers & Shapers dies, as you have more control and creativity over where your designs are situated on the materials you are working with.

The basic layer for this layered card is a die-cut note shape called Baroque. I’ve had the Bigz Baroque die for a while now and recently added the miniature version of the die (Mini Baroque) to my collection. Using both dies together allows you to create some custom frames and designs. I also used the new Hope Movers & Shapers die from Mr. Holtz’s latest Sizzix release. I should also add that you can use this dies with most die-cutting systems out there (and not exclusively Sizzix machines). I prefer to use my trusty and reliable Cuttlebug (as opposed to the Big Shot) to cut my shapes out. (The dies simply sandwich between two “B” plates.)

Here are the basic pieces for putting this card together: the cardstock base is Papertrey Ink in Pinefeather (5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″), the solid Baroque die cut in American Crafts glitter cardstock in Evergreen, the Baroque frame from the same cardstock (created with both the large and mini Baroque dies), and another Baroque die cut with the “Joy” cut-out done with decorative cardstock from Joann’s “Peppermint Forest” collection (from last year).



The main objective was to create a window look using the Baroque cut layers. Using the solid glittered cut as the base and layering the decorative “joy” cute between it and the glittered frame.

After I adhered the layers of my window frame together, I decided that I wanted to use another piece of tree print decorative cardstock to create a mat on my cardfront for continuity of design and theme. So I used some left over from my die-cutting and cut a 4″ x 5″ piece for matting.

Now it was just a matter of choosing the right finishing touches and embellishments for my card. In the end, I chose to continue the Christmas tree theme out with a small layered tree decorated with a bit of flocking and various gems. For the inside of the card, I used another scrap piece of the tree cardstock as a backdrop for my sentiment block. I also used some Tim Holtz tissue tape from the Tidings collection. All in all, I was really pleased with the way my “playing” turned out.







It’s hard to believe that we’re in the final stretch leading up to Christmas festivities. The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas has literally seemed to fly by. I hope you are all well, warm, and close to “wrapping” up your holiday plans. I’m waiting on one more straggling package from my on-line shopping and then my Christmas list will be completed. I have to say that in addition to allowing us to share ideas and projects, the Internet has revolutionized my shopping modus operandi. Each year, I’ve relied more and more on on-line shopping to complete my gift list. With the exception of a couple of items, I think this year 95% of my retail therapy was done on-line. This cyber thing is an amazing place.

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Tonality

I know recently I’ve been obsessed with Halloween and related projects. I’m actually kind of sad that after this weekend, it’s really time to move on to other holidays and projects.

For today’s card, I played with one of my favorite areas of exploration in card layout and construction: tonality. While I love bold, vivid color as much as the next person–I’ve always been fascinated with working with similar tones and tints of one color. Of course, green being my favorite color–tints and tones of greens are particular favorites for me. For this card, I wanted to explore the color family as well creating the actual and illusory use of texture. I was really happy with the way this project turned out.

The base cardstock and color is Wild Wasabi from Stampin’ Up!. The base decorative foiled cardstock mat was cut at 4″ x 5″ and is from American Craft’s “Botanique” collection. I used my SU! ticket corner punch to shape all four corners. The next two layers of the card were achieved with the use of my Cuttlebug and two of Tim Holtz’s Alterations dies from Sizzix.

The next layer (striped) was cut using the Baroque Alterations die and another piece of decorative cardstock from the “Botanique” collection. I love the multistriped tonal look with the light smattering of glitter. The final layer was a piece of SU! Whisper White cardstock that was cut with Tim Holtz’s Styled Label Alterations die. I then used a Papertrey Ink background text stamp to create the handwritten background with their Ripe Avocado ink. These two layers were adhered together with my ATG714 adhesive gun and then applied to the base layer with Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The finishing touch was an Imaginisce paper flower in a light celery color. I capped off the petal with a floral center flatback button in celadon from Webster’s Pages. (Love these!) The card is perfect for almost any use or correspondence. Too often, I trap myself into making cards for a specific theme or event. Sometimes, it’s great to have some cards on hand that will work for almost anything.






Let Them Eat Cupcake

Here’s a very cute card project that originates from an unlikely source. I used my Cuttlebug and the Stampin’ Up!/Sizzix Top Note die to cut the card panels out. I cut two pieces (card front and back) out of Stampin’ Up! Pink Passion cardstock. The decorative panel is from Imaginisce’s Cheri collection.

For the cardfront element, I used a Papertrey Ink stamp set called “Cupcake Collection”. The cupcake wrapper is stamped with two elements–a solid inside and an outside outline. The second element is the swirled cupcake topper.

Using the stitch lines that the Top Note die leaves on the die-cut, I trimmed the decorative paper around the perimeter. That way it creates a small border edge with the solid cardstock underneath. I cut out my cupcake pieces leaving a slight tab on the bottom of the upper swirl to make it easier to attach to the wrapper.

Next, using the Scor-Pal, I created a small flap at the top of the cardfront to place the adhesive and attach the the cardback. Make sure that your score mark is very deep to allow for repetitive opening of the finished card.

I used a sentiment stamp from the same Papertrey Ink set on the inside of the card.

Using my Stampin’ Write markers, I finished coloring the cupcake, added some KaiserCraft mini black pearls as accents, and adhered it to the cardfront with Stampin’ Dimensionals. A piece of 1/8″ Stampin’ Up! taffeta ribbon in Early Espresso creates the finishing touch.




Life is too short. Always eat a cupcake when the opportunity presents itself!

(P.S. Don’t forget to enter Giveaway #11, which closes on Saturday.)

Your Love Is King

Today’s card project is full of textures and vibrancy of colors. All of the papers are from American Crafts. All of the pieces of the die-cut element were cut using American Crafts fabulous line of glitter cardstock. This paper is extremely thick and simply encrusted with glitter. Some of the color selections are so vibrant they look as they have been plugged in to a wall socket and illuminated with electricity. I used shades of white, pink, purple, and yellow to cut out this design from Tim Holtz’s Alterations line entitled “Heart Wings”. The glossy black textured mat was also cut from another Tim Holtz/Sizzix die called “Ornamental”. The base cardstock is a foiled pinkish/purple embossed cardstock from American Crafts. I have to say the pictures don’t really do this finished product justice. Let’s just say this card is not for the shy and unassuming…






The Colors Of Forever

This card project is an explosion of color. In fact, for a while I wondered if it was too much color. Everyone I showed it to seemed to like it; But I have to admit, this is way more color than I’m use to working with. Though, I suppose pushing one’s boundaries is a good thing–sometimes. What’s interesting to me, in particular, is the variations and types of color used in the card. From alcohol inks, metallic inks, color spritzes, and a bold background color–the colors give the card a sense of texture without the actual bulk of layers. This weekend, I played around with alcohol inks and surfaces quite a bit. This was one of the projects I worked on.

The cardstock base and ribbon is Stampin’ Up! in Dusty Durango (which is a very in your face color). The cardstock mat is a piece of Stampin’ Up! Glossy White cardstock (4″ x 5″) with the corners punched with a Martha Stewart poppy corner punch. I used a Tim Holtz alcohol ink applicator and felt pads to apply Ranger/Tim Holtz alcohol inks in Shell Pink, Red Pepper, Meadow, and Gold Metallic to create the splattered background. The floral die-cut is made from dotted Grungeboard that was cut with the Tim Holtz Alterations/Sizzix die called “Tattered Florals” and my Cuttlebug.

After I cut the floral piece, I used Clearsnap Smooch Spritz Ink in Cherry Ice and Gold Glow to add the color and sheen to the flower. After it was completely dry, I went back with some Smooch Ink in Gold Lame and highlighted the dotted portions of the flower. A few pearls, crystals and a sentiment later, I ended up with this card.